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  • Japan’s yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime

    Yakuza membership is plummeting — the result of a decade of intensifying crackdowns targeting organized crime and the yakuza’s reach into illegal activities including drug trafficking, money laundering and gambling.

    There were about 70,300knownyakuza members in 2011, but that number had dropped to 25,900 by 2020, according to the National Center for Removal of Criminal Organizations. The exodus has made it feasible for longtime members like Nakamoto to leave the organization without fear ofretribution for breaking the code of loyalty.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...b90_story.html

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    How will Hollywood action movies survive? The Russian mob and drug cartels will have to pick up the Bad-Guy slack.

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    • #3
      I don't know of any Yakuza Hollywood films..but there are plenty of Japanese films. Criterion had a collection recently.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
        I don't know of any Yakuza Hollywood films.
        Yakuza as faceless bad-guys is a well-worn trope. They are today's ninjas. Black Rain might be the best known. Netflix's The Outsider was big a couple of years ago.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
          I don't know of any Yakuza Hollywood films..but there are plenty of Japanese films. Criterion had a collection recently.
          one of my all-time favorite flics, The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura:

          https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073918/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gh View Post

            one of my all-time favorite flics, The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura:

            https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073918/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
            Yes I remember that....a good film. I saw it on Criterion relatively recently...

            I'm sure there are others but compared to the huge number of Mafia films the Yakuza are small potatoes.
            Last edited by Conor Dary; 10-18-2021, 08:44 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gh View Post

              one of my all-time favorite flics, The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura:

              https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073918/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
              And in The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, Street Fighter legend Sonny Chiba plays a yakuza oyabun (godfather).

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              • #8
                There are some superb Japanese Yakuza films including Tokyo Drifter... a real classic.

                https://www.criterionchannel.com/search?q=yakuza

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